Afternoon Practice Report 8-12

Just like after the morning workout, the newcomers get rave reviews from their head coach on the first day of grid workouts. Images included.

Arkansas went outside for a 90-minute drill, the second of the day for the Hogs' newcomers. Houston Nutt, UA head coach, continued to rave about what he's seen through two workouts.

"Right now, it's been perfect," Nutt said. "The first thing you notice is all those big bodies that we have on the offensive line. I wish we had two more on the defensive line, but that will correct itself in a couple of days."

Nutt said it may take another two days before defensive line prospects Reggie Banks and Jonathan Barry are cleared to play.

"I think in a couple of days, we'll have them both," he said. "I thought it would be today, but it doesn't look like it will happen so quickly now. I'd say two more days.

"That's not a factor for Reginald Banks. He's going to be a redshirt ... a partial qualifier. It hurts Jonathan Barry a little since he's missing something and he could help us (at defensive end). But, he'll catchup."

Nutt said there were some clear highlights in the afternoon passing drills.

"Vickiel Vaughn, Desmond Sims, John Jackson .... those three on the defensive side ... and Michael Coe and David Thompson at wide receiver ... those guys all looked extremely good," Nutt said. "Dedrick Poole worked mainly at tailback, but we got him a little time at wide receiver. Poole will figure out that he can help more at wide receiver. He'll see that. Right now, we are spoon feeding him at both spots.

"John Jackson is one that could go both ways. He looked great at corner. He can really close on the break, but he's a guy that can play wide receiver, too. Coe will probably stay at wideout, but he could play CB, too. Right now, Jackson kinda sees the lines short at corner and wants to play there."

James Shibest was excited about all the prospects at wide receiver.

"You see that these guys are not only great athletes, but they are smart, too," he said. "They all know how to play wide receiver. David Thompson really looked good at times, then he dropped a couple. I thought Thompson really looked good this morning.

"I think we'll see that Dedrick Poole can help us at wide receiver, too. He's been at running back a lot this first day, but he did make sure to ask for his receivers notebook, so that tells me he's interested in wide receiver, too."

Vickiel Vaughn

Vickiel Vaughn awaits his turn in a drill.

Tony Ugoh

Tony Ugoh stretches in warmups.

Dedrick Poole

Dedrick Poole (2) tucks away a pass reception.

Offensive Line

Gene Perry (on the right) and Tony Ugoh (at left tackle) work on driving back a defender.

Offensive Line

The "newcomers" offensive line (from left) is tight end Tyler Meenan, Zac Tubbs, Jason Grimes, Tyler Morgan, Gene Perry and Tony Ugoh.

David Thompson

Brandon Kennedy (47) warms up Saturday afternoon.

 


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